Category: Becker Informer

New Definition of a Business

ASU 2017-01, Business Combinations (Topic 805): Clarifying the Definition of a Business revised the definition of a business, which will reduce the number of transactions that are accounted for as “business combinations” versus “asset acquisitions”. The following are two very important...


Decoding the Alphabet Soup of Tax Reform

Did you know the TCJA imposes a GILTI tax, allows a FDII deduction, and has introduced a new BEAT? If you are practicing in the post-tax reform era, you’ve probably heard the new lingo, but may still be trying to understand what it all means. The TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act) has introduced the...


Court Ruling Gives Surprise Twist to Meaning of Tax Home

If a new Tax Court ruling is correct, it means that a tax return I recently prepared is not correct. The issue for the taxpayer in this case, and for my client, is whether or not they are allowed to deduct “away from home“ expenses under code section 162 (a)(2). Those expenses must be incurred...


SSARS No. 24 – New Requirements for Compilations and Reviews

The purpose of this new omnibus statement is to amend Statement on Standards for Accounting and Review Services (SSARS) in various ways, as briefly highlighted below. Adds AR-C section 100, Special Considerations – International Reporting, which addresses when an accountant is engaged to perform a...


Understanding the New BEAT

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added a new provision to the Internal Revenue Code called the “Base Erosion and Anti-abuse Tax” (BEAT). The BEAT acts as a minimum tax and applies to large corporations with at least $500 million in gross receipts. The new tax is effective for taxable years beginning...


Proposed Ethics Interpretation - Knowing Misrepresentations in the Preparation and Presentation of Information

AICPA Members in business may be involved in the preparation and presentation of information for use both internally and externally to an employing organization. This includes financial and non-financial information, such as performance reports, budgets, forecasts, tax returns, and more. Members who...


Closing the Tax Gap after Tax Reform

Administering and enforcing the tax code is no small task. In 2017, the IRS processed 245 million tax returns, collected $3.4 trillion in taxes, and issued refunds to over 120 million households.  So, how will the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act impact the IRS’s tax administrative duties,...


The AICPA Releases Interpretation on Dual-Audit Reporting

The Auditing Standards Board (ASB), who promulgates generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS), recently released an interpretation to help any auditor of a “nonissuer” comply with reporting requirements under both AU-C Section 700, Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements, and...


Tax Provisions Included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act

On March 23, 2018 President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. The $1.3 trillion spending bill funds the federal government through September 30. This article explores the tax-related provisions included in this new law. Low-income Housing Credit  The low-income...


The Latest Independence Impairment Concern – Hosting Your Client’s Data

The AICPA Code of Professional Conduct “Independence Rule” Section 1.295.143 relates to Hosting Services.  Under this newest rule, a CPA’s independence is impaired when taking responsibility for hosting an attest client’s data or records (whether hard copy or electronic).  This action is...


How Tax Reform Has Impacted Foreign Operations

Most U.S. corporations conduct their foreign business operations through foreign subsidiaries. When a foreign subsidiary is owned more than 50 percent by U.S. shareholders, it’s considered a controlled foreign corporation (CFC). If a U.S. corporation controls a foreign corporation in a low-tax...


Tax Reform and the New International Provisions

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made significant changes to the rules governing international taxation. Most provisions are focused on making U.S. companies more competitive abroad and bringing more investment to the United States, but the new legislation also attempts to crack down on base erosion and...


The New Deduction for “Pass –Through” Businesses

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted Code Section 199A which provides a   20% deduction for businesses. However the deduction is not always 20%, and not every business qualifies. This article explores the key elements of this new provision. Overview The deduction for years beginning after 2017 is...


Auditing Standards Board Releases Exposure Draft on Audit Reports

In November 2017, the AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) released three proposals related to enhancing the relevance and usefulness of audit reports on financial statements of nonissuers.  They also seek to converge with recently revised audit guidance promulgated by the International Auditing...


Tax Reform and the OECD BEPS Project

OECD BEPS project is a global tax reform initiative that’s revising the fundamentals of the international tax rules. The goal is to reduce base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) across the world. Over 100 countries are participating in the project, making it the biggest global tax reform...


Results of PCAOB’s Latest Staff Inspection Brief on Audits of Issuers

The PCAOB prepares Staff Inspection Briefs to assist auditors, audit committees, investors, and preparers in understanding the results of inspections of issuer audits.  The following highlight some of the more significant findings from the 2016 inspection cycle, which were the result of examining...


Tax Reform and Policy Objectives

The Thanksgiving season is upon us, and many Americans are hopeful they’ll soon be giving thanks for a “simpler and fairer” tax code. But is that an achievable goal? Generally speaking, tax systems are evaluated against three leading concepts—efficiency, fairness, and simplicity. Efficiency...


COSO’s New Enterprise Risk Management Framework

In June 2017, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO)released Enterprise Risk Management – Integrating with Strategy and Performance (ERM), which is an updated version of Enterprise Risk Management – Integrated Framework (2004).  Every decision made in pursuit of an organization’s...


Tax Reform and the Individual

When the personal income tax was signed into law in 1913, a mere half percent of the population filed an individual tax return. Today, nearly half the population files an individual tax return, and the personal income tax represents the largest source of revenue for the federal government. According...


President Trump’s Tax Proposal

On September 27, 2017, President Trump revealed a tax plan that he and key Republican leaders in Congress have been working on.  The plan is entitled “United Framework For Fixing Our Broken Tax Code.” If enacted, the proposal would affect most tax paying Americans. However passage is uncertain,...